'We deserve to be taught about it': why students want climate crisis classes

Universities are bowing to pressure from their students to include modules on climate breakdown and sustainability

In five years’ time, every student at Sheffield University – whether they study maths, music or drama – will also need to get to grips with sustainability. Be it the climate crisis, global poverty or gender inequality, every course will examine some of the major challenges the world faces.

“It isn’t about making musicians into climate scientists,” insists sustainability manager James Merryclough. “This is responding to what our students want and this generation is looking for. We know employers will want these skills too. They’ll want students who understand global challenges, and the macro environment of where they fit into the world.”